Pushing Yourself to Power

Pushing Yourself to Power

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Based on the most effective and comprehensive strength and fitness system ever taught, Pushing Yourself to Power provides you with everything you need to achieve your natural, God-given strength and fitness potential. Whether you simply desire to slim down and shape up, or your ultimate goal is to build your maximum, all-around functional strength, athletic fitness, and natural muscularity, Pushing Yourself to Power offers complete training strategies specifically tailored to your goals.

Author and internationally renowned strength and conditioning coach John e. Peterson shows you how to use the world’s oldest, most reliable, and effective strength-training exercises to create the superior physique, strength, stamina, and power you’ve always dreamed of having.

Whether you’re a beginner or a world-class athlete, you’ll find complete training strategies to take you from where you are today to where you want to be in the future. Precisely illustrated with hundreds of detailed photos, you’ll see clearly how to perform every exercise in all its variations.

If you’re looking for a complete exercise system that will give you the results you’ve always dreamed of, does not require a gym or expensive exercise equipment, and can be done anytime and anyplace—Pushing Yourself to Power is for you!

About John e. Peterson:

JOHN PETERSON, internationally renowned strength and fitness coach and creator of the Transformetrics™ Training System, knows the painful reality of struggling to overcome physical adversity. At the age of four John was a victim of the dreaded disease polio, which left him with horribly misshapen legs that doctors were forced to break and reset—all without anesthesia for the ...

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S. Lizarraga
S. Lizarraga wrote...
"Body weight in its maximum expression"
Nov 15 2004
This is based on Charles Atlas' dynamic tension course, but explained in a clear way, and adding more exercises that are powerful and effective. The writing is very good ...
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... and easy to understand and follow. Any person can benefit from this training. I recommend this book very much.

Don Adamson
Don Adamson "Don" wrote...
Nov 03 2004
I have been involved with gyms and health clubs since I was 18 years old and have tried all they have to offer. I spent years building my body using weights and machines and ...
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... sincerely believed that I had put all the strength and muscle into my body that it would ever need. I was wrong. I had succeeded only in building a bulky, stiff set of muscles on a young, active body. I spent hours each day at the gym trying to create a feeling of well-being that eluded me at every turn. Worse yet, I had aches and pains that no amount of training would alleviate and oddly enough it had not occurred to me that the very training I was doing to become strong was in fact the same training that was becoming a continual source of disabling pain.

Finally I was in so much pain I had to find something else or stop training altogether. A friend told me about this book Pushing Yourself to Power. At first read I was skeptical but I put aside my skepticism and tried the method outlined in spite of it. I'll be honest. I thought Peterson's DVR's were a joke until I tried them and started to understand what he meant by "thinking into the muscle." Then within a few weeks I began to feel the internal strength that I had craved. I noticed my movements becoming more controlled and responsive. I was standing straighter and feeling more energized than ever. After a few short months my bulky muscles began lengthening and taking on graceful lean contours as my flexibility increased ten-fold. The Furey push-ups that I had a hard time of performing ten times in succession at the beginning I could now do 57 times without stopping. I suddenly felt as graceful and lithe as a gymnast or dancer. Subsequently my aches and pains vanished and I found myself enjoying my activities more. Most important I feel empowered by my newfound knowledge and for the first time feel that I'm in control of my life. Thanks, Mr. Peterson. Your book is every bit as much of a motivational classic as it is on fitness.

John C. Maldaner III
John C. Maldaner III wrote...
"A sane approach to fitness"
Oct 30 2004
Unfortunately, a couple of "reviewers" (possibly only one operating under two names)have exercised their freedom of speech to spew forth a personal attack on John Peterson. ...
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... Enough said.

I've been involved in conditioning and personal fitness for over 35 years. Within the past year I have been fortunate to discover both Matt Furey's "Combat Conditioning" book and John Peterson's PYTP. They complement each other well. Bodyweight exercises, the exercises of my youth, work! Yeah, I remember the old P.E. classes well. As a plump youngster, I dreaded them. Now, I am rediscovering the power (and safety) of functional strength training.

Hey, if your goal is building a body similar to what is pictured in muscle mags, this isn't for you. But, if you are looking for functional strength, as I am, give this a try. The combination of strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity is just the ticket for me. I've never felt better and John's book is one reason why. Guess what: there is no magic book that will substitute for discipline. This book, however, is a great guide if you supply the willpower. As an added bonus, John Peterson hosts a wonderful forum and quickly answers any of your questions regarding not only his program, but conditioning in general. I have not met a finer individual with more concern for his customers, which he considers his friends.

In short, you will get more than your money's worth by buying this book, IF functional conditioning is your goal and you have the willpower to work for it.

J. Swift
J. Swift wrote...
"Best book!"
Oct 25 2004
This is the best book you can buy on increasing your strength, losing weight, and just getting into perfect shape. The money you would have to spend to equal the information in ...
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... this one book, would be alot. Its an encyclopedia on Physical culture. Its the best resource that Im aware of. And the book is just filled with information. 182 pages filled with text and pictures. Unlike Pavel and Matt Furey's books that use huge font, and 1 or 2 pictures of the exercise. Example John does the Furey Pushup and shows 8 pictures of him doing it during different parts of the exercise. Matt Furey shows 2 pictures of him doing it. If you buy Matt's book "Combat Conditioning" you would still probably have to buy a video to figure out how to actually do the exercise. Not with PYTP after seeing the 8 pictures of John doing the exercise you know exactly how to do it. And the whole book is like that. Thats just one example.

The strong part of the book is the layout. The book breaks down like this.

John's writing style is very readable. You can tell he knows what he writing about. Every subject from the exercises to nutrition, to goal setting is very well done. Good explanations of the exercises, good uplifting advice(motivational), with enough humor thrown in to keep it from ever getting dry.

As far as books about BWE's go this is the best one Ive read to date. He outdoes Atlas and Furey with this book. I havent read anything from Liederman so I cant comment on his work.

John's workouts are designed to give you 7 attributes of Dynamic Fitness
All done working with the greatest piece of exercise equipment ever made, YOU

The book has a good introduction and a list of Johns hero's who built themselves up with bodyweight exercises. Good reading.

Then we get to the lessons
1.(Deep Breathing, Super Joints, and Chest exercises)
These lessons are done mixing Dynamic Self Resistance, Dynamic Visualized Resistance, A few Isometrics, McSweeney's Tiger Moves, Bridging and Calisthenics.
Then a section with Power Calisthenics (Furey Pushups, Furey Squats, Pullups, etc.)
By far this is the best book for beginners that Ive seen.(Something finally knocked off Solitary Fitness)

And these pages are packed with info. You wont get the feeling that these 182 pages could have been done with using 50. No this book is wall to wall. Alot of Furey and Pavel's books could actually use alot less pages than they do. Not the case here.

All in all this is the best book on BWE's that mix Calisthenics with Isotonic, Isometric, old style conditioning. A great value for the money. Very motivationg book. That realizes that people are different sizes and have different leverages. Good Q&A's after every lesson. Great Nutritional Advice. Good goal setting and health advice in lesson 3. I wasnt offended by the religous overtones in the book. I highly recommend this book. And those two other reviewers PJ and Orange are mistaken. Not everyone on John's board is old, Im 27. And Im not sure of everyone else age, but Im sure its all across the board.

James W. Jones
James W. Jones wrote...
"Neither of the previous two reviewers have used this system"
Oct 25 2004
I can't believe that either of the previous reviewers have used John's system. I am not what most would consider an "old fart". I am in my late 30's. I have made substantial ...
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... gains in both strength and size by using PYTP. It seems that competitors are finding Petetson's popularity threatening. Oh well. Take my word for it. It is the best body weight program on the market. I am very happy that I bought it and that I have used this program and you will be too.

Bob Burns
Bob Burns "Bob Burns" wrote...
"Pushing Yourself to Power"
Oct 24 2004
I purchased this book about 5 months ago and I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I am thrilled as to how 'Transformetrics' have transformed both my body and my ...
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... strength.

The first chapter John Peterson explains his background to these exercises. I loved his sense of humor and often laughed out loud. He also has a chapter on a sensible diet and setting goals. The main strength of this book is the ability to setup a workout program for any body part easily and quickly. He arranges the chapters by body part. Each chapter has pictures demonstrating the exercise and a brief write up about how the do the exercise and the number of reps for the intensity applied. He demonstrates exercises that use different forms of isometrics: Using one part of the body to apply resistance against another and by mentally flexing a muscle while imagining that body part being exercised. (For example, imagine yourself doing a 1 arm chin up and actually flex and feel the muscle doing the exercise. He also demonstrates many body weight exercises.

As an example I am a 51 and have always been active but not extremely athletic or strong. From John's encouragement in his book I was able to do 500 pushups in a day. I feel John's purpose of his book is to empower people to transform themselves by learning how to exercise with methods that are effective and freely available to everyone.

John Peterson also has an excellent forum available to anyone to post a question or just to read about the experience members have had using these exercise methods. http://www.bronzebowpublishing.com/forum/

T. Wilhelm
T. Wilhelm wrote...
"Good Book"
Oct 24 2004
I personally totally disagree with the last review. The book is well organized, each chapter has a different body part and exercises to work that muscle. Yes, there is a ...
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... variety of exercises, too many? HARDLY! For the reps and sets, it depends on the amount of tension, Mr. Peterson states reps and sets for each amount of tension you can apply. The exercises range from beginner to very advanced, you can take this book as far as you want to go with it.

The book also contains a nutrition section with a well planned out diet. There's also a section on goal setting and how to accomplish those goals. And concerning the religious text, yes there is some in the book, but at no point in time did I feel he was trying to influence my faith or say anyone religion was incorrect.

This one book has it all, and if you have any questions for Mr. Peterson,
just head over to http://www.bronzebowpublishing.com/forum/ and ask Mr. Peterson, he personally answers all questions himself, no automated staff to give you run around answers!

I couldn't recommend it any more.

Ken Thomas
Ken Thomas "Ken Thomas" wrote...
"Stop looking - this is the one you've been searching for."
Sep 12 2004
This book has been, quite frankly, a godsend for me. I'm 5'10" tall, and 18 months ago I was 35 years old and pushing 300 pounds. Can you say 'fat'? I couldn't just say ...
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... it, I was living it every day. Fortunately for me, I discovered low-carb diets and started turning my life around. Today, I'm 115 pounds lighter, and John Peterson's book has been a critical part of that process.

When the time came to work some exercise into my weight-loss efforts, and start building muscle to replace the fat I was dropping, naturally the first thing I did was visit some gyms. With all sorts of bizarre membership contract requirements, it didn't take long to figure out that most of these places weren't terribly interested in helping me achieve my fitness goals. Their only objective seemed to be convincing me to sign a two-year contract and then hoping I'd do the usual thing of showing up for a month or two and then giving it up. The entire weightlifting culture was pretty alienating to me as well. These people were training, but they weren't training *for* anything, as far as I could tell. Just training to train better, I guess. As a former member of the US Army Airborne Infantry, and having spent a few years as a Whitewater Raft Guide, I know a thing or two about training with a *purpose*. My goals were to get faster, stronger, leaner and tougher. All anybody at the gym wanted to talk about was how it would make me look.

So my next option was to consider buying some books and doing my training on my own. I'd never bought a fitness book in my life, and I wanted to make certain I didn't get into something that wouldn't work (as Mr. Peterson says, "I'm a busy man. I don't have time to mess around with things that don't show results.") so I got on the web and did a ton of research. (which is probably exactly what you're doing right now) I'll be frank here and say that 99% of what I found wasn't very encouraging. The level of pure arrogance and vanity that practically permeates this culture wasn't just discouraging - in most cases it was downright offensive. In real life, if I'm forced to be around someone who's constantly droning on and on about their own accomplishments, their own appearance, and how their opinion is the only one that counts and everyone else is wrong? I'm smart enough to pretty much dismiss anything that comes out of that person's mouth in about 30 seconds. Why on earth would I want to buy a book written by someone who acted the same way?

I had pretty much given up on the whole thing, and decided I'd just stick to a basic routine of running, some push-ups and sit-ups, when I stumbled on Mr. Peterson's book here on Amazon, and I've pretty much been thanking God I found it every day since. If you don't understand why I say that, click on the "Search Inside this Book" link up there and see for yourself. You'll find (like I did) a guy who's basic character, integrity, humility, common sense and sincerity practically jumps off the page at you. The author had earned my respect before I finished the first 10 pages, my admiration by the time I was halfway through it, and my gratitude and appreciation by the time I was done reading. I don't know about you, but when I'm struggling to get motivated for a day's workout (and I'd guess we all do that sometimes) it makes a huge difference if you know you're following the advice of someone who you really respect and believe in. That component was absolutely critical for me, and until I found this book, something I simply couldn't get anywhere else.

What else can I tell you? This is the complete package right here. It's inspiration, instruction, explanation and demonstration all rolled into one. He's even got a chapter on diet and nutrition in there that is probably some of the most simple, straight-forward and dead-on advice I've seen anywhere. Most importantly of course, would be the fact that it *works*. The gains I've seen in overall strength and appearance have been nothing short of remarkable, but it's more than that. It's about being a man instead of just another pretty boy. It's fitness and flexibility and, in a word, *power*. I can't recommend it highly enough, and once you've read it? You'll be saying the same. Count on it.

Midwest Book Review
Midwest Book Review wrote...
"Guide to achieving a total body transformation"
Sep 10 2004
Athletic fitness expert John Peterson draws upon his many years of experience and expertise in Pushing Yourself To Power to create a completely "user friendly" and ...
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... comprehensive, step-by-step, do-it-yourself guide to achieving a total body transformation into being in the best physical shape of your life -- at any time of your life. Far more than just another strength and exercise manual, Pushing Yourself To Power is profusely illustrated as it covers the entire transformation in terms of both attitude and "transormetrics" training system. In twelve consistent lessons which combine to address everything from deep breathing to nutrition to every muscle group in the human body, Pushing Yourself To Power is a "must" for anyone wanting to engage in power calisthenics and will be able to improve their personal push-up record from 0 to 500 in six weeks or less! Also very highly recommended is the companion "trasnformetrics" training manual from Bronze Bow Publishing: Every Woman's Guide To Personal Power (1932458093 $29.95) by Wendie Pett.

Apostolos wrote...
"The Complete Guide:Bodyweight Strength and Physique building"
Sep 07 2004
The above would be an excellent title for this book because it is exactly that. John Peterson uses bodyweight and muscle tension excercises to develop and enhance his ...
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... physique(however, where alot of trainers fall short is the fact that while excercise alone, no matter the system, can build muscle and burn fat the biggest step towards those ends is diet. Something that Mr.Peterson supplies in his book. The same diet that all natural bodybuilder Clarence Bass(www.cbass.com) has used to get such incredibly low bodyfat levels. (To be fair, Clarence lifts weights, but you'll notice his physique from where he started as a strong weightlifter, and then where diet and cardio took him)

One thing I must point out is that while Mr.Peterson's methods can build an incredible physique and incredible strength, it does not create strength specifically for sports such as Powerlifting or Olympic lifting(even though bodyweight calisthenics and weighted bodyweight calisthenics have been used to improve performance in both sports, they are not used exclusively simply because they do not develop the specified strength you need for those sports) And will not create the bulk of large football players or professional bodybuilders(all of whom are on steroids, have incredible genetics anyway, and can workout all day, every day) they will create beautiful, well muscled, natural physiques that become ripped to the bone(if you so desire) with the diet outlined in John's book.

I'd also like to point out bodyweight calisthenics build athleticism as well as muscle mass. Take for example, the furey pushup, or the furey squat, or the atlas pushup, or furey bridge, or atlas situps and leg raises. All of those excercises build incredible athleticism and functional fitness(John's defintion of functional fitness is not merely strength or aesthetics but a number of abilities that you need for long term health and well being) Let an athlete go through these excercises and ask them if they do or do not build true athletic fitness.

I would like to mention that John and I are friends personally, and he helped me lose around (estimates) 9 or 10lbs of fat, and add over 15 lbs to my 6'3 physique(over a period of about 3 months) through using a high volume pushups program, as he describes, and various muscle resistance and flexing excercises.

I recommend everyone to go to www.bronzebowpublishing.com/forums and atleast read the forums and check out the results people have been having, and ask questions about the program and bodyweight training. Just enter with an open mind about bodyweight training and John Peterson,who unlike other authors leaves himself open for questions and constantly checks his forums and answers questions, is a great man and incredible friend.

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